What do you do when you are offered 150 free glazed donuts? You share them of course!
I was going around to local businesses asking for donations for an upcoming church fundraiser. I went to a local bakery that always helps us out. I spoke with the manager and set everything up for the event. She then asked me if I wanted some free donuts. They had last night leftovers and they were going to go in the garbage. There were no groups picking up today. Would I like some? I never say no to free food, so she went and got a box. It had 150 glazed donuts. She said there were 2 more in the back so if I knew any groups that could use them to send them over. She explained that most weekdays leftovers go in the garbage. Groups only want it for weekends (that is when I need mine). So I said Thank you and went on my way.
So am I going to eat 150 Donuts? NOOOOOO! I had to find them hungry bellies that could give them good homes. My co-workers were happy to help me reduce food waste. About 30 gone. The church only had Religious Education scheduled tonight, so they took about 30 for the catechists. I dropped 2 dozen to a friend. My neighbor only wanted 2. Another neighbor took 6. I am only keeping 8. I texted a bunch of other people with no takers. The rest got dropped at Hubby's office. They should be able to make a nice dent in them. I told him to tell people to take them home to their kids. I hope they listen.
I then started thinking about how many donuts were going in the garbage.
3 boxes of 150 = 450 donuts a day x 5 weekdays = 2250 x 52 weeks = 117,000 donuts going in the garbage.
That is one bakery in my town that has at least 10 bakeries. That is crazy! There are hungry people in this country and I know several people that do not get enough food every day. I am not saying you can only eat donuts (it would be fun to try) but if you have no food in your house a donut is better then nothing for breakfast.
I did find a taker for another box. The girls track team had a meet today so my girlfriend (her daughter runs) was going to swing by and get one to bring to the meet. They will get eaten there no problem. So now I am on a mission to try and find groups to take the leftovers during the week on a regular basis. I may be driving donuts all over town because I think that is one of the major problems for the groups. Wish me luck.